FM200 fire suppression is a fire protection system that is waterless, colorless, and odorless. It is also known as HFC-227ea. FM200 is chemically known as Heptafluropropane, which is formed from elements like carbon, fluorine, and hydrogen.
It is an odorless, colorless, liquefied compressed gas which is discharged into the risk within 10 seconds and suppresses the fire immediately. FM 200 fire suppression is used in medical inhalers and found as an active compound. This fire suppressant can be safely used where people are present. FM 200 is a chemical or synthetic fire suppression gas.
To start a fire, there are three main elements required, oxygen, heat, and fuel which is generally termed as a fire triangle. FM 200 extinguishes a fire by removing the heat elements or free radicals from the fire triangle. The typical concentration of an FM 200 system is about 7.9% to 8.5%. This concentration is determined by risk that is being protected and by Orginal Equipment Manufacturers or ISO standards for fire suppression systems.
For normally occupied spaces FM 200 Fire suppression is a suitable agent. These systems are commonly used in
- DATA centers
- Telecommunication facilities
- UPS rooms
- Computer rooms
- Medical facilities
- Offshore platforms
- Control rooms
FM200 fire suppression is required only a short amount of agents to suppress a fire. Because of fewer cylinders, for the storage of FM200 cylinders, a small area is only required. FM 200 systems react quickly to a fire, it reaches extinguishing levels in 10 seconds or less hence helps in stopping ordinary combustible, electrical, and flammable liquid fires before they cause significant damage which results in fewer injuries, damage, and lower repair costs.
Like other fire suppression systems, FM 200 systems are specifically designed with an extra and high margin of safety for people. Refilling FM200 is simple and cost-effective. They take up less storage space than most other fire suppressants. In addition to the high fire protection benefits, it is also a fact that FM 200 is an environmentally friendly suppressant because it does not deplete the stratospheric ozone and has minimal impact on the environment as it does not contain bromine or chlorine.
FM 200 has acceptable toxicity for use in occupied spaces and is quickly cleared when ventilated. Although it is most commonly used to protect vital company assets, it is also suitable for virtually all total-flooding fire suppression applications. It is widely used to protect the company assets, at the same time it is useful for all total-flooding fire suppression applications. In a situation where other suppressants can cause costly damage or result in considerable and expensive downtime, FM-200 is the appropriate choice. It is the recommendable fire suppression agent to protect the shipboard spaces, where the crew or other occupants may be present because it works by interrupting the fire on a molecular level not by absorbing oxygen from protected space.
Main features of FM-200
- It is suitable for protection on a range of high-value risks.
- Zero ozone-depleting potential
- Safe for use in occupied space
- Requires less storage space
- No clean-up required after discharge
- It is a Low-pressure system
- A user-friendly and high effective system
FM-200 is effective in the protection of most flammable liquids and gases as well as in the protection of data processing, telecommunications, and electronic equipment. FM-200 fire suppression agent is less toxic and an acceptable replacement for Halon 1301. The durability of the FM-200 is between 31 and 42 years, along with its zero ODP provides a long-term solution to all fire protection requirements. It is a colorless, odorless vapor when it is released into hazardous areas and it is stored as a liquid that does not obstruct vision and will not reduces oxygen.